Dear Diary: Enter chocolates

Everywhere I go it’s Lindt chocolate bunnies and easter eggs and ferrero rochers and chocolates and bunny ears and bunny toys with a hamper of chocolates.. it’s exhausting trying to refrain from eating them all.

I walked into the supermarket the other day and totally just got bombarded with chocolates in my face and there goes that little voice in my head telling me that Caroline, you really shouldn’t be eating all these chocolates but then again it’s just so hard once you’ve had one.

my favourite chocolates this Easter

my favourite chocolates this Easter

This time of year is probably the most fun, we have the royal easter show happening, which unfortunately I will not be attending this year! Even though I’ve been 2 years in a row and I always enjoy putting up my experiences from the show and also blog about the show bags I get, I figured that this year there was just way too many people attending and I don’t do the best with crowds, but also have you seen how expensive the tickets are getting. I’m pretty sure by 2020 it’ll be $50 entry. I also love this time because it’s a great little Easter break you get to spend with family or even just relax from work, the only thing I don’t like is all the chocolates in my face which then will give me pimples on my face.

In saying that, I hope you all enjoy your Easter break whatever you may be doing. Eat chocolates, but remember in moderation, let’s hope I can remember that and until next time..

Byeeeee! xx.

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Dear Diary: Road trip to the Hunter Valley

Fine wine, chocolates and a group of friends.. sounds like a lot of fun, if only you weren’t allergic to alcohol!

A couple of friends and I decided to head up to Hunter Valley over the weekend and of course I’m still feeling a little delirious from all that sun I soaked up.  We booked in for a wine and chocolate session and although so informative and a lot of fun, I had no clue what our tour guide was talking about. By the second sip of wine, I was already sweating and according to my friend, my scalp went all red. Some wines just don’t do well with my body. Regardless I had a tonne of fun and loved exploring the gardens.

sitting in the amphitheater

sitting in the amphitheater

In true Alice in Wonderland style

In true Alice in Wonderland style

In the oriental garden

In the oriental garden

Exploring the Rose garden

Exploring the Rose garden

I’ve also recently jumped on the food reviewing wagon because everybody is a little inner foodie at heart, so I jumped on the Zomato app and ended up at this cute cafe called Enzo for lunch. If you follow me on Instagram, the way they serve the iced coffee and juices are pretty nostalgic.

Super filling

Super filling

I definitely recommend heading up there if you haven;t already. We ended up coming home with 6 bottles of wine and 2 blocks of chocolate, I mean how often are we going to be there.

Anyways I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Here’s hoping the working week will be good to all of us and until next time..

Byeee!! xx.

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Still on holiday mode..

A few weeks ago I was exploring the beautiful country of Japan. I say a few weeks but my mind still thinks that I’m there holidaying it up but then the weather hits me here in Sydney and I realise that I’m definitely not in Tokyo anymore.

My Tokyo trip was pretty spontaneous and with a whole lot of annual leave saved up and a friend to go with, we literally booked our flights 2 weeks before departure and spent 6 of the shortest days there. FYI, a week is definitely not enough.

As much as I wish that I could have all 700 photos that I took up on this blog, I think one picture a day can recap everything we did.

Asakusa sensoji temple

                                                                                     Asakusa sensoji temple

Most of our trip wasn’t planned and that’s definitely unlike me to go into something without a plan. I went with the flow of things and I was surprisingly really lucky to stumble upon a few amazing places like this temple. We spent the first day exploring the city of Asakusa and later visited the Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

I was really hoping that this was some amazing outdoor tower where I could freeze my face off considering it was 0 degrees that day, but have no fear, it was all inside and pretty difficult to get a picture with there being so many people. Nonetheless, the view from it was amazing!

On our second day we of course had to do a tour at Mt. Fuji. It was such great weather and I’m so thankful I was able to see it. Surprisingly not that cold there. It was around 6 degrees at the time and super sunny.

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Our tour lasted the whole day. It was a 2 hour coach ride from Tokyo, but it was such an interactive tour that time flew by. We took Sunrise tours if anybody was curious. Although, I was still pretty hungry after the lunch that was provided.

The third day was my absolute favourite. Disneyland and DisneySea completely made my trip to Tokyo! We walked through the gates into DisneySea at 8 in the morning and stayed there until 6. From 6 we headed to DisneyLand, but if I could do it again, I would definitely do a 2 day pass. Disney Sea I heard was a lot more for adults and I think that’s what tempted us to go there first. They have a huge obsession with Minnie Mouse that I went a little bit crazy when I bought my Minnie bow.

Tokyo Disney land

Tokyo Disney land

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea

Day four we visited Shibuya and of course had to take a picture of Hachiko statue and walk the Shibuya crossing.

Shibuya crossing

Shibuya crossing

hachiko statue

hachiko statue

We also stumbled upon Alice in a Dancing Land cafe. I was way too excited when I saw it. Such a cute little spot for a catch up with the girls, but the ambience really makes you feel like you’re in Alice’s Wonderland.

 

 

Alice in a Dancing Land

Alice in a Dancing Land

dessert after an amazing carbonara pasta

dessert after an amazing carbonara pasta

Later that day we headed to Robot restaurant in Shinjuku. There is only one word that can describe it and that is WOW! It is definitely nothing like you’ve seen before

Robot restaurant

Robot restaurant

Day five, we explored the Meiji Shrine and then spent most of the day in Harajuku where I bought the prettiest kimono jacket.

Entrance to Meiji Shrine

Entrance to Meiji Shrine

Harajuku station

Harajuku station

We later explored Ueno. There’s a really beautiful park and we kind of just walked for hours.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

On our last day we had to go crazy with shopping. My friend Rio who lives in Japan took us to Odaiba. It was so good to see her but I’m so thankful I got to spend my last day in Tokyo with her.

I have no idea what this robot represents

I have no idea what this robot represents

We're in New York, but still in Tokyo

We’re in New York, but still in Tokyo

Probably also had the best last meal in Japan as well

chicken katsu

chicken katsu

I absolutely loved my Japan trip and I definitely recommend that people go there. I loved how cold it was there and if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen how crazy I went in terms of makeup shopping. The food is on another level and I’m so happy and thankful I got to experience it. Here’s hoping I get to go again.

Let me know if you enjoyed my pictures and even if you’ve been to Japan. I’d love to hear stories and until next time..

Byeeee!! xx.

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Dear Diary: Holiday eating has started?

Let’s eat healthy Caroline.. Let’s try and eat less food and go out less for the next two weeks Caroline says my inner voice who tries to do what’s best for me, but it just doesn’t happen.

I’m pretty sure we all try and prepare ourselves for the upcoming craziness that is christmas and new year’s parties. I for one always do try and eat a little bit healthier the weeks leading up to those dates because I seriously cannot control myself for the rest of the year, so I just tell myself that 2 weeks before is fine. My family and friends go crazy during this time and they celebrate with good food, a whole lot of fun and did I mention a lot of food!

Having said all that, it hasn’t been the best start to eating super healthy and even trying to get some extra exercise in for me. I’ve pretty much spent this time trying to catch up with my friends and family who I haven’t seen in a while. Friday night I had steak with baked potatoes at Hurricanes, Saturday Night I had a full stuffed burger from Ribs and Burgers with a side of chips and sauce, alot of sauce and Sunday I had Korean BBQ for lunch, but only because I attended a baptism and then later went to have dinner with a good friend of mine and ate this delicious Katsu Udon.

Ending the day with some Katsu Udon

Ending the day with some Katsu Udon

I really need to start finding things to do that don’t involve food, but it’s just sooo good!

Let me know if the holiday eating has already started for you guys and until next time..

Byeeee!!! xx.

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